The in­ter­net has stolen our pri­vacy and our free­dom!

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

TwonkyMe­dia and Net­gear EVA700 Dig­i­tal En­ter­tainer worked per­fectly for years, but the new soft­ware isn’t valid with OS X 10.6.8. In­stalling me­dia­browser. tv to­day was a hor­ror of cre­at­ing an ac­count I wasn't al­lowed to use. The app won't start. I re­gret sign­ing up. They have our Google ad­dress. I started a new di­rec­tory with ner­vous para­noia of scru­tiny. My Mac Pro was forced to re­boot sev­eral times, and my con­tent is be­ing scru­ti­nised be­yond my con­trol. I hate the in­ter­net now. Me­dia Browser says I can’t use it be­cause an­other user is con­nected. I cre­ated one user­name and pass­word for my email ad­dress.

Be­yond this is­sue, I be­lieve my life is crip­pled by my own email ad­dress be­ing swamped with mes­sages, made worse by ex­tra, al­ter­na­tive Google email ad­dresses I can't ac­cess to close. I re­gret my land­line and mo­bile num­ber. I feel so scru­ti­nised and un­der the con­trol of author­ity. I have lost con­trol ut­terly. Mike Bird I un­der­stand your dis­tress. This is a sort of ex­is­ten­tial panic trig­gered by the sense that tech­nol­ogy is a con­stantly ris­ing tide and we are get­ting too old to keep tread­ing wa­ter. But the truth is that Me­dia Browser isn’t scru­ti­n­is­ing or con­trol­ling you. It’s just an app that acts as a server for your lo­cal me­dia and in­ter­net stream­ing ser­vices, which you ac­cess through a browser on your Mac or a mo­bile de­vice. Or don’t, in your case, since you’ve got in a tan­gle with your ac­count. I sug­gest ask­ing its cus­tomer sup­port if the ac­count can be deleted to let you start afresh.

Like­wise, fol­low the forgotten pass­word pro­ce­dure to re­cover Gmail ad­dresses, or aban­don those you aren’t us­ing – Gmail ad­dresses don’t cost you any­thing.

There are cer­tainly valid con­cerns about on­line pri­vacy, and a cau­tious at­ti­tude to what you share on­line is sen­si­ble. But when you start re­gret­ting your mo­bile phone and even your land­line, it’s a sure sign sen­si­ble cau­tion has be­come an un­healthy para­noia.

Even if you for­get your pass­word, you can nearly al­ways get back into your email ac­count.

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